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Story Updated: Mar 7, 2013

Up to 70 million American adults are affected by a sleep disorder each year. For those with insomnia, new research highlights just how important it is to seek treatment.

A study, published in the European Heart Journal, followed more than 54-thousand people between the ages of 20 and 89 for an average of 11 years.

None of the participants suffered from heart failure at the beginning of the study. By the end, a total of 1-thousand-4 hundred-and-12 cases had been diagnosed.

Those who suffered from three major symptoms of insomnia --- trouble falling asleep, problems staying asleep and not waking up feeling refreshed... had a much greater risk of developing heart failure compared to those who never experienced the issues.

Older participants were more likely to have insomnia and symptoms were more frequent in women than in men.

The researchers say these findings suggest that insomnia evaluations may prove useful in the battle against cardiovascular disease.

I'm Dr. Cindy Haines of HealthDay TV with the news doctors are reading health news for healthier living.

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